decision-making; grounded theory; Korea; organ donation; transplantation
NURSING & HEALTH SCIENCES, v. 17, NO 2, Page. 208-213
The aim of this study was to identify the hidden patterns of behavior leading toward the decision to donate organs. Thirteen registrants at the Association for Organ Sharing in Korea were recruited. Data were collected using in-depth interview and the interview transcripts were analyzed using Glaserian grounded-theory methodology. The main problem of participants was body attachment and the core category (management process) was determined to be pursuing life. The theme consisted of four phases, which were: hesitating, investigating, releasing, and re-discovering. Therefore, to increase organ donations, it is important to find a strategy that will create positive attitudes about organ donation through education and public relations. These results explain and provide a deeper understanding of the main problem that Korean people have about organ donation and their management of decision-making processes. These findings can help care providers to facilitate the decision-making process and respond to public needs while taking into account the sociocultural context within which decisions are made.